• On Jan 23, 2023
    Kristen from PA Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    Spending a Monday park hopping alone while in Orlando for work and trying to choose best park to start with knowing that want to end in EPCOT, definitely visit AK, and skipped MK last time in favor of Hollywood. Any tips for being alone and start point?

    Hiya Kristen,

    Welcome to planDisney! Sometimes the best days are those when you are just spending time alone in the Theme Parks. The slower pace allows you to check out all the intricate details that Imagineers have built into each Theme Park, enjoy yummy snacks, and enjoy the magic of being at Walt Disney World Resort.

    Once upon a time, I lived in Orlando and often spent my days visiting the Theme Parks alone, so I'd be happy to give you any tips I have. Now, if it were up to me, I would start my day at Disney's Animal Kingdom Theme Park. One of my favorite attractions is Kilimanjaro Safaris, and it is where I prefer to start my day. The animals who call Disney's Animal Kingdom Theme Park home tend to be the most active earlier in the day when it is cooler, so if you can catch an earlier safari, you will have prime viewing of the fantastic creatures. Also, since Disney's Animal Kingdom Theme Park closes earlier than the other Theme Parks, you can accomplish most of what you want quicker before hopping to another location. Speaking of park hopping, if you plan to visit three Theme Parks in one day, I recommend hopping to Disney's Magic Kingdom Park from Animal Kingdom. I would typically recommend Disney's Magic Kingdom as your first stop because of how popular it is, but since you are doing a solo visit, I think you would be fine visiting mid-day. While there are no single-rider lines at Disney's Magic Kingdom, I still found that I could ride all I wanted, even after getting there after rope drop. Since I didn't have to worry about anyone else's itinerary, I just chose my attraction selection based on wait times and explored everything at my own pace, which meant less time in lines overall. One of my go-tos is using Mobile Order for my snacks. Since I was strolling around, I would grab my snacks between attractions and enjoy them either during my walk to the next one or while I waited in outdoor queues. Finally, I recommend heading to EPCOT around dinner to finish your day. With EPCOT's International Festival of the Arts going on right now, you can stroll around World Showcase enjoying small bites from the festival booths, check out the art, and catch Disney's Harmonious to end your night. You can even try to get a reservation on the walk-up list if you prefer a table-service dining experience.

    One last tip I will share, Kristen is my favorite. Talk to the Cast Members. When I've visited solo, I have loved speaking to the incredible humans who make Walt Disney World Resort fantastic. They have such beautiful stories to share, and since they spend the most time in the magic, they know all the best little secrets. I've learned the best fireworks viewing locations, where the best hidden Mickeys are, and even which snacks are can't miss from conversations I've had during solo visits. For the first time, you have no schedule to keep, and it will be one of the best experiences of your life.

    Please come back and see me if there is anything else I can help you with.

    Happy Planning,

    Ashley F.
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Meet the Panelist: Ashley, Texas

Hey Y'all! I’m Ashley and I live in Texas. My family and I love trying out the yummy snacks (DOLE Whip anyone!) and taking full advantage of our resort days. When we are not piloting the Millennium Falcon, exploring Kilimanjaro Safaris, or watching fireworks, you can find me planning our next adventure to Walt Disney World! I am so excited that you are planning a trip, and I look forward to helping you dig a little deeper and find the magic in all of the wonders of Walt Disney World Resort. Learn More About Ashley

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